Cassandra Harrell
Soul Food Advisor, Cookbook Author & Award-Winning Caterer

Cassandra Harrell learned the art of cooking from her Big Mama growing up in West Tennessee. The love and passion continued throughout her childhood and today she has truly found her niche in preparing southern cuisine.

Her first experience with cooking was when she made her first southern fried chicken and baked her first peach cobbler (with homemade crust). She was so proud, and from then on she had been cooking ever since. Over the years, the more she cooked the more her passion grew for cooking.

Her third cookbook, Soul Food Advisor, Recipes and Tips for Authentic Southern Cooking, was published by Louisiana State University Press,(LSU). Harrell's catering business served national and local clients including celebrities, politicians, as well as recording artists.

Over the years Cassandra developed hundreds of theme-related menus for her clients and has a natural flare for turning ordinary recipes into extraordinary dishes.

Her affinity for cooking extends to over four decades and to every area of her life: She has authored three cookbooks, one cooking guide with plans for many more of each, publishers a soul food advice newsletter, coaches others with a desire to start a catering business, and runs and operates her popular website, soul-food-advisor.com.

Born and raised in West Tennessee, Cassandra began tempting palates with her southern influence when she owned an award-winning southern-style restaurant and catering business in Wisconsin. Her Sunday buffet was such a tremendous success until customers literally lined up for authentic southern cooking.

Her exceptional food and well-loved menus landed her a food contract at the Midwest Convention Center where she served thousands at sporting events, conventions, trade shows, music concerts, and ground-breaking ceremonies.

She was a food vendor at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest serving national as well as local clients and taught cooking classes and lead cooking demonstrations at festivals and fairs on preparing great southern cuisine.

Cassandra characterizes herself as having a unique voice with a witty personality, easy going, super friendly, enjoy life, and love meeting people.


Author Credentials

Soul Food Advisor Cookbook, Recipes and Tips for Authentic Southern Cooking - due to release September, 2016
Unforgettable Appetizers Cookbook, Memorable recipes for any occasion
Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook
How to be Your Own Best Cook, Cooking Guide
Contributor, the Jackson Sun Newspaper

Awards and Recognition

2000 Regional Service Firm of the Year Award
Award-Winning Catering Service
Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce
The Harvest of Hope 2003 Award
Presented by the Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Certificate of Commendation

On behalf of the Citizens of the State of Wisconsin
Economic Growth and the Mentorship of Culinary Students
Presented by the Governor’s Office

Guest Appearances

Featured on News Channel 5 in a Cooking Segment, Talk of the Town
Tasty Book Talk, Jackson, Tn., Nashville, Tn
Numerous Book Signings and Appearances

Print Coverage

The Jackson Sun, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee, WI, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA,
Lauderdale County Enterprise, West Tennessee Examiner
The Tennessee Tribune, Numerous Websites and Blogs
Several Cooking Articles, Soul Food Advisor.com

Special Recognition

Soul Food Advisor.com was voted the Top 5 Soul Food Recipe Websites
By Associated Content

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